James Madison Papers

From James Madison to George W. Featherstonhaugh, 5 April 1821

To George W. Featherstonhaugh

Montpelleir Apl. 5. 1821.


I have received your favour of March 19.1 & am glad to find that you think of giveing still more value to your Agricultural work, by extending in a new Edition, your practical veiws of the subject. I retain at the same time my opinion in favour of the Chemical instruction which your original plan combined with them.

I know not well what to answer to your enquiry relative to the reception such a Volume would meet with in the Southern States. As to the state in which I live I dare not speak with confidence; so difficult is a deffusion of literary productions thro’ its dispersed readers, and so universal is the present dearth of means even for the minuter articles of cost. I can scarcely doubt however that the attention which has been excited to the practice & the science of rural economy would produce a demand sufficient at least to give a right turn to the scale, if it should need such a weight, which I should not easily suppose would be the case. For myself I sincerely wish that your calculations may justify the experiment: & that, without a pecuniary loss, which would be very unreasonable, it may reward you with the satisfaction of contributing more extensively to enlighten & animate a persuit so deeply interesting to the public prosperity. I renew to you Sir assurances of my esteem & good wishes

Js Madison

FC (DLC). In Dolley Madison’s hand, with JM’s note: “G.W. Featherstonhaugh.” RC cover sheet (NjP: Crane Collection) addressed and franked by JM to Featherstonhaugh at Duanesburgh, New York. Marked “Orange CH Va April 10.” Docketed by Featherstonhaugh.

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